We would all agree that the Washington football team has been the laughing stock, on and off the pitch, for several years now, right?
So when the franchise goes through confusing list trades that are almost guaranteed to explode in their face, fans tend to panic.
Given that, you can imagine the reaction when Washington released Dustin Hopkins and named former Pitt star Chris Blewitt, who had never played in an NFL game before, as his replacement.
While Blewitt showed promise in training, he imploded on match day, with three of his first five field goals never crossing the line of scrimmage.
Blewitt blocked two baskets in Washington’s last game before the pass, a 17-10 loss to Denver. As a result, fans have pretty much demanded that the team have a new kicker in place ahead of Sunday’s clash against the Buccaneers.
After previously declaring his allegiance to Blewitt, Ron Rivera answered fans’ prayers on Tuesday by cutting Blewitt in joey slye favor.
It’s true, guys. Washington has a new kicker.
The Washington football team cut Chris Blewitt and signed Joey Slye.
Finally, a movement that the entire fan base can support.
We didn’t really think Rivera would be trotting with Blewitt for another week after his first two outings for the team ignited.
In Rivera’s defense, there was no viable replacement available at the time. However, the 49ers’ decision to wave at Slye mid-last week gave the second-year head coach a window of opportunity to atone for his blunder.
A former Virginia Tech college star, Slye had spent time with the Texans and 49ers as injury replacement This year. In six games, he’s a net 11 of 13 (84.6%) on field goal attempts, but just 9 of 12 (75%) on extra points.
In his last game for San Francisco in Week 8, he logged on 4 out of 5 FG attempts, while knocking down 1 of 2 points afterwards.
The extra point struggles are a bit alarming, but Slye will provide much needed stability to the kicker position. He has one of the longest legs in the league, so Washington should have a shot at scoring points on the board as soon as he crosses his opponents’ 40-yard line. That’s the kind of value Slye brings.
Want another reason to feel good about your move? Slye kicked Rivera in Carolina two seasons ago, so there’s familiarity there. That year, the former Hokie broke nearly 80% of his FG and over 88% of his extra points.
When it comes to midseason acquisitions, it’s hard to imagine Rivera and Washington doing much better than Slye.